Saturn’s moon, Dione, seen by the Cassini orbiter

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

The Cassini orbiter captured a image of Dione, one of the larger moons of Saturn, as it was passing across the face of its parent planet. The phenomenon is known as a transit and is an important event in astronomy, allowing observers to investigate the transiting body’s atmosphere and orbit in greater detail.

The dark line cutting across the middle of the frame marks Saturn’s rings – these are not illuminated from this perspective, which was about 0.3° below the ring plane.

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The Institute of Space Science (ISS) received ISO 9001 recertification

Logo-ISOThe Institute of Space Science (ISS) received ISO 9001 recertification, which is an official assessment of the quality of the management and of the best practices within the organisation, while demonstrating the commitment of ISS management team towards ensuring the quality on various levels of activity of the institute.

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The Cassini mission begins a series of flybys of Saturn’s moon, Enceladus

Image credit: ESA
Image credit: ESA

Update 19.10.2015: The first images of the north pole of Saturn’s icy moon, Enceladus, provided by the Cassini mission following the 14 October 2015 flyby are available here.

The Cassini mission begins today a series of three close encounters with Saturn’s moon Enceladus with first images expected within the next days. From more than a billion kilometers away on Earth, the Cassini team is able to send the spacecraft hurtling past Saturn’s moons at closest approach distances as small as 25 kilometers to perform flybys, which are are a critical part of the Cassini mission, for both science and navigation purposes. When Cassini last approached Enceladus the north of the moon was shrouded in darkness during its winter but now that it is summer there, the Sun is shining on the high northern latitudes.

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The program of the Institute of Space Science at Researchers’ Night 2015

logo_eveniment-300x254Friday, 25 September 2015 between the hours of 16:00 and 23:30 inside and in the court of AFI Palace Cotroceni, 4 Vasile Milea Boulevard, District 6, Bucharest, researchers of the Institute of Space Science (ISS) await you at the Researchers’ Night 2015 to start together the adventure in the world of science.

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ALICE experiment precisely compares light nuclei and antinuclei

alice-2The ALICE experiment at the world’s largest particle accelerator, Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, has made a precise measurement of the difference between ratios of the mass and electric charge of light nuclei and antinuclei. The result confirms a fundamental symmetry of nature to an unprecedented precision for light nuclei. The measurements are based on the ALICE experiment’s abilities to track and identify particles produced in high-energy heavy-ion collisions at the LHC.

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ISS Talks with Ph.D. Bruce Tsurutani, Senior Research Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Image credit: JPL/NASA

Thursday, 3 September, starting 13:00, the Institute of Space Science (ISS) will welcome Ph.D. Bruce Tsurutani who will hold an introductory seminar on ‘Space weather’ as part of the ISS Talks series. The event will take place in the seminar room at the second floor of the ‘Lasers’ building.

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The Institute of Space Science joins the JEM-EUSO international collaboration

JemEUSOThe Institute of Space Science has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and officially joined the JEM-EUSO international collaboration, whose objective is the development of the first space mission dedicated to studying the nature of ultra-high energy cosmic rays and to identifying corresponding astrophysical sources. With this MoU, Romania becomes the 16th member state of the JEM-EUSO collaboration and will contribute to all the technical and scientific objectives of the mission.

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Alantykron Academy Summer Camp, 31 July – 9 August 2015, Constanta

logo_starwalker_v2The Institute of Space Science (ISS) represented by the Competence Centre in Space Technologies for Human Spaceflight Support (STARWALKER), is partner in organising the Alantykron Academy Summer Camp, which will run from 31 July to 9 August 2015 at 20 km from Cernavoda, in Constanta county. Children, parents, youth, teachers, artists, scientists from around the world will meet for 10 days to discuss and learn together about the world of science, together with researchers and other renowned professionals, during a truly unique lifetime and educational experience.

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Researcher from the Institute of Space Science observes the reactivation of a black hole in our Galaxy

Image credit: ESA/ATG medialab
Image credit: ESA/ATG medialab

Dr. Valeriu Tudose, researcher from the Institute of Space Science (ISS), observed the binary system V404 Cygni consisting of a star and a black hole, which at the end of June has come alive after 26 years of dormancy. The black hole began to violently devouring its companion star, causing one of the brightest objects in the sky. The radio observations were taken within the JACPOT collaboration.

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